HARRISBURG, Pa. —Youth leaders from a group called "Care, Not Control" are urging lawmakers to take action to reform Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system.
The group is demanding an end to youth incarceration. They also want to see support for children as they await their release, as well as the transformation of probation and elimination of fines and fees.
Andre Simms, a member of "Care, Not Control" says the system is not in the best interest of children.
"You can't tell me this juvenile justice system is focused on redemption or rehabilitation when statistics show that kids put in placement in adult institutions are more likely to re-offend," Simms said.
"Care, Not Control" says locking up juvenile offenders is unfair and does not provide the care they need to be rehabilitated.